The Future of Food

Rated NR 2005

Writer/director Deborah Koons Garcia has made a harrowing documentary about the future of the food supply in the United States (and, due to extensive exports, elsewhere). Thanks to multinational corporations such as Monsanto, we are headed in the direction of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), foods that have been altered at the cellular level to suit a purpose other than nutrition. (Many GMOs are designed to resist pests or pesticides; others are created to grow larger or last longer on the shelves.) Though they've had disastrous health consequences for lab animals and some humans, GMOs are not regulated by the United States government. In fact, there's not even a requirement that products containing GMOs be so labeled. It gets worse, including Monsanto's deeply unethical creation of a "Terminator Gene," which kills the plant after a single growing season, so farmers can't harvest the seeds but have to buy new ones every year. The film's presentation is banal, with a voiceover that borders on dull, but the content is critical.

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